Rangers kid helps Scotland beat England in first cap
Scotland will face England at Wembley tomorrow night in a highly anticipated Euro 2020 clash.
But a young Cambusnethean showed how to defeat the Auld Enemy in his first selection for her country.
Eilidh Austin, 16, who plays for Rangers, netted Olivia Potter’s first goal in a 2-1 Scotland Under-15 victory over England in Newcastle last week.
And it really is a dream come true for the defender.
Squeezing that precious first cap she said Sport live from Lanarkshire : “I started at right-back and helped on first base in a 2-1 win over them.
“I picked up the ball in their half, drove with the ball, passed two players and brought it back to my teammate to score. I loved every minute of it.
“I can’t believe I even played for Scotland and got my first cap.
“I don’t think I would be here without the Rangers, who would help me get to where I am.
“I always dreamed of it [playing for Scotland], but I never thought that would actually happen.
“Now it does, it’s just unreal. “
Eilidh is a pupil at Coltness High School and hopes to follow in the footsteps of famous ex-pupil David Turnbull, who is part of Scotland’s Euro squad and could come out at Wembley.
Eilidh admits that Turnbull’s rise to the highest level with Celtic is a huge inspiration for her to be successful with Rangers and her country.
The right-back, who was presented with a top framed by referee and school friend Willie Collum, added: “It’s a great inspiration.
“You always hear about him and it’s just unreal that he’s even here.
“Now he’s playing with Scotland. It shows you where hard work can take you.
“It makes me want to reach where it is and keep pushing to get there. I hope I can do it one day.
Coltness High Head Teacher John McGilp said: “I watched the Scotland game in England on the FA English Schools YouTube channel and have to say I was not only delighted with the result but also of Eilidh’s performance.
“She was absolutely solid and didn’t go wrong defensively, while also causing problems for the English defense with her marauding runs.
“She’s a fabulous player, but she’s also a very polite and kind student who deserves her success because of her hard work and effort.
“Everyone at school is very proud of her.”